Sunday, January 3, 2010

VINTAGE ART: Legion of Super-Heroes

After the outpouring of requests to see old artwork, I have decided to put you out of your misery—or add to it. Late 1979, I started reading random issues of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes, just prior to the series splitting into two books. I was so taken with it, I devoted some indoor recess time in the bitterly cold winter of 1980 to this 12"x 20" pencil and magic marker masterpiece. Bad layout, or latent homosexual tendancies surface as we see Ultra-Boy wacking Mon-El off, Sun Boy wacking himself off, Brainiac 5 wacking Superboy off. Nothing risque for the gals though...but they sure do look angry! Except Light Lass who has her eyes closed...blinking for the camera so to speak.
Flash forward to 1985, I was inspired to redraw the piece the week between Christmas and New Year's 1985. A bit better this time around, as I used marker and colored pencil. Overall better layout, and nice effect on the dead Legionnaires hovering above. The boys look package-y, but for that matter, so do the gals.
Last time to recraw the image was 1990, for the sake of monitoring my progress. Back to marker coloring, and I was picking and choosing my favorite look and feel of the characters. I chose Element Lad's 70s outfit, and Star Boy's deep V neck version of his uniform. Cosmic Boy playfully tilts his bum while all the gals have significantly been de-sluttified.
Maybe I will redraw this again in 2010.


Xavier said...

What is t around Wildfire's neck on the last drawing? Is it superboy's cape?
I like the growing effect on Colossal Boy in the first drawing! :p
You sure seem to took interest in Tyroc to include him in the 1990 drawing! :p He's way cuter than the "real" one. And that over-the-top V neck on Star Boy...! You can see a Greg larocque influence on this last drawing, on the faces..

Matt28800 said...

Wow Mr. Fish... these are Just amazing! The 1980 drawing is so much fun! I too love the Colossal Boy growing effect, so creative. It is incredible that these were saved and you can view the progression in your style from year to year. The latest one's style reminds me of some of the Arche-Lady comics. I would vote YES to doing a update in 2010! Very Awesome!

I still can't believe there is a character who's ability is to eat any matter. HA.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing these! Really fun. In the 1990 drawing, did you take a particular interest in Sun Boy? He seems nicely packaged. I, too, enjoyed the Colossal Boy effect in the first drawing. I think you really captured something about the characters of Lightening Lass in the middle drawing and Shadow Lass in the third. I, too, vote for a 2010 drawing! patrick

Gregory said...

I can't even deal with words enough to express how much joy these drawings brought to my morning!!!

Javier said...

I think you need to look again at the female characters in the first piece. Saturn Girl and Princess Projectra's hands are just as suggestive as some of the guys. :)

Quite frankly, I really love some of the characters in the last piece.

The line of Ultra Boy, Mon-El, Shady, Sun Boy, Phantom Girl, Duo Damsel, and Brainiac 5 is particularly nice.

I even like Sensor Lass and Timber Wolf, who are normally characters I can do without.

I'd also love to see an updated Cavalcade of Legionnaires.

Dene said...

Love these-! I love seeing the progression of your art through the years-! Awesome-!

Term Papers said...

Bad layout, or latent homosexual tendancies surface as we see Ultra-Boy wacking Mon-El off, Sun Boy wacking himself off, Brainiac 5 wacking Superboy off.

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